Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Command Performances For Hollywood #2
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
Exodus 20:4 (NASB)
#2: No American Idols

As Christians, you love nothing more than God, which is your first and highest Commandment. But the second of His Ten Commandments warns us against creating images that people might be tempted to worship.

Thousands of years ago (when Moses lived), idols were statues carved from wood or stone. Strangely enough, people thought they were gods.

That sounds so crazy. We wouldn't do that!

But look more closely. America makes and exports films and molded images, expertly fashioned by highly skilled men. Millions of adoring fans worship them. They cry, scream, faint and travel to see them.

Worship is broader than hymns and prayers. It's defined as 'passionate devotion.'

Millions of people spend billions of hours (and dollars) in passionate devotion to entertainment and celebrities. They follow them and try to copy them. This adoration is idolatry.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't look upon the crafted images of film, fashion, music or theatre with a reverence only God deserves.

American Idol is an old show that eventually went off the air. Cancellation is not your destiny.

## Command Performances For Hollywood #2

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Command Performances For Hollywood series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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